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OFF SCRIPT: Mining the exit interview for political gold

OFF SCRIPT: Mining the exit interview for political gold

It's not often citizens get a candid look at the political process. In fact, modern politics is so tightly scripted that we rarely ever find out what political actors really think about their roles. Over the course of the next several months, we hope to change all that. We’ll share the private stories about public life in Nova Scotia and we hope you’ll join us along the way.
OPINION: Eradicating food fraud difficult, but technology will turn the tables

OPINION: Eradicating food fraud difficult, but technology will turn the tables

A team at Dalhousie University in Halifax recently released a surprising study that found that 63 per cent of Canadians polled are generally concerned about food fraud and more than 40 per cent feel they have been victims of food fraud. Technology will ultimately take the guesswork out of shopping at the grocery store and making menu choices, but for now consumers must be vigilant.
OPEN LETTER: NSSAF dropped ball on cancelling winter sports

OPEN LETTER: NSSAF dropped ball on cancelling winter sports

"Could you please explain to me why teacher representatives are needed at sports games? What is their role? If this rule weren’t in place, school sports could have continued this year, as many teams are not coached by teachers, but rather by volunteers from the community."
OPINION: Why tax-and-spend policies belong in past, not in today’s global era

OPINION: Why tax-and-spend policies belong in past, not in today’s global era

Yes, liberalized trade has resulted in some job losses in North American manufacturing. But one study .... attributed only 13 per cent of industry job losses in recent decades to freer trade. The rest are due to automation. This technological revolution — a process that protectionism cannot stop — gives dubious appeal to the notion of returning to decades-old tax-and-spend public policies.
COMMENTARY: Fad diets have a long history, but are no way to get rid of fat

COMMENTARY: Fad diets have a long history, but are no way to get rid of fat

What is the best advice when it comes to rating fad diets? It probably comes from a highly respected nutritionist who describes such “food adventures" as “garbage” — the sort of stuff none of us should ever want to consume. 
OPINION: Blowing teacher-strike windfall on extras another example of misplaced Liberal priorities

OPINION: Blowing teacher-strike windfall on extras another example of misplaced Liberal priorities

Extracurricular activities are also not the first things you fix if your house is falling down. ... By funnelling the money saved by the one-day teacher walkout toward student grants meant to fund school trips, new team uniforms and other extracurricular-related activities, Stephen McNeil and Karen Casey have proved, once again, that they talk a big game, but lack the follow-through. They have indeed not been listening to teachers.
COMMENTARY: Food banks invest in ways to become more self-sufficient

COMMENTARY: Food banks invest in ways to become more self-sufficient

Canada's food banks are embracing gardens and greenhouses, cooking classes and more to help clients achieve greater food security. For food banks, it's now about nutrition security and providing hope to the victims of economic failures. Food banks offer sustenance, and are committed to healing and giving people a chance to succeed.
OPINION: If teachers could focus on their primary tasks, inclusion would work better

OPINION: If teachers could focus on their primary tasks, inclusion would work better

Inclusive education assumes that everyone belongs and deserves opportunities, provided by actual teachers, which enable learning. There have been pockets of schools and classrooms in particular areas and school boards that have had a degree of success with this philosophical approach, all for the benefit of all students, not just for those who have special needs. Mostly, it does not exist in Nova Scotia.
COMMENTARY: Lack of supports undermines 'no fail' policy, but multi-age classes a success story

COMMENTARY: Lack of supports undermines 'no fail' policy, but multi-age classes a success story

'I have very, very seldom encountered a child who was not ready to move on at the end of their time in a multi-age class. Classroom sizes must be smaller to accommodate this kind of teaching, but more importantly, teachers need to be freed from constantly trying to meet arbitrary outcomes so that they can give each child what they need.'
OPINION: School support staff battered in the trenches along with teachers

OPINION: School support staff battered in the trenches along with teachers

We have heard the government tell us on more than one occasion that getting hurt, being kicked, hit, bitten or spat on is part of the job. I ask, in what profession — outside of boxing or mixed martial arts — is being beaten up part of the job description? Anyone who has looked at the education system can tell you that there has been a gradual decrease in support staff in our province, which leads to teacher burnout.